Captain Tim Orchard

Tim began his flying career in 1971. He has flown over 50 types of aircraft and is currently licenced to fly aeroplanes, helicopters, hot air balloons and hot air airships.

Tim is a Display Pilot, a Flight Instructor and a Senior Examiner

(of Pilots, of Flight Instructors and of other Examiners) for the UK Civil Aviation Authority.

He jointly holds the Concorde World Record time for the journey from New York to London: 2hrs 52 minutes 

Tim has flown in formation with the Concorde and the Red Arrows on several occasions including the Heathrow 50th Anniversary flypast and several air-to-air photography sorties.

In his career with British Airways Tim  flew the Hawker-Siddeley Trident, the Concorde and the Boeing 777 as well as spending nine years as personal pilot to the BA Board in an executive aircraft.

Tim’s business career has included running a number of companies, several flight schools and being the boss of the busiest general aviation airfield in the UK

In addition to running the Tecnam UK business, Tim is well known for lecturing on a number of aviation subjects for agencies Worldwide, including for CAA and AOPA

Tim’s hobbies are flying his deHavilland Chipmunk and his hot air balloons.